Wade Norwood will succeed Trilby de Jung as CEO of Common Ground Health, the region’s heath planning organization, starting July 13.
Norwood currently serves as chief strategy officer for Common Ground Health. He has more than three decades of service in public office, education and regional health improvement.
His appointment was unanimously approved by the board of directors after de Jung’s resignation, who will rejoin her family in Portland, Oregon, after her youngest son graduates from high school.
“We will be saddened to say goodbye to Trilby; she has been an absolutely wonderful CEO,” said Marilyn Dollinger, board chairman. “She is an incredibly articulate communicator and gifted leader, skilled at bringing together diverse partners and helping them find common ground. Never one to seek the spotlight, Trilby always gives credit where credit is due, letting our collaborators know how deeply their community efforts are appreciated.
“We are also exceedingly fortunate to have among the ranks such a trusted and inspirational leader as Wade Norwood. He’s a community organizing expert. As we seek to more effectively address the social determinants of health, such as poverty, poor housing and lack of education, we need a person with exactly Wade’s strengths — someone who can mobilize the community and bring us together to solve important health challenges.”
In management at Common Ground Health since 2006, Norwood was central to the nonprofit’s strategic direction and a consistent advocate for those most at risk. He co-chairs the state’s workgroup on the health care workforce, serves on the board of regents and spent two decades in state politics.
Norwood plays a leadership role on Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle’s cross-sector effort to integrate services and data for families impacted by poverty. He has a seat at the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Commission, and is a decision=maker for All Kids Thrive, a cross-sector initiative developing innovative early childhood interventions through Medicaid and education funding.
De Jung served as CEO of Common Ground Health since 2014. She led an organization with an annual budget of more than $6.5 million and a team of 40 data analysts, clinicians, researchers, community engagement specialists and other staff. Before joining the nonprofit, de Jung directed health advocacy work at Empire Justice Center, served on the faculty at New York University School of Law and served as deputy director of policy at the AIDS Institute of the New York State Department of Health.
Common Ground Health made important strides through her four-year tenure.
Under her leadership, the nonprofit leveraged more than $33 million in federal and state funding for clinical innovation, training over 1,200 physicians, nurses, care managers and other clinical staff in quality improvement; launched the Southern Tier Alliance and other planning initiatives on health care workforce, food and health and regional leadership; supported healthy eating and active living in schools; helped push through policies to ensure that Rochester street design encourages bicycling, walking and transit use; managed interventions in primary care practices, workplaces, churches, barbershops and salons that contributed to steady improvement in blood pressure control across the community; earned national certification as a Great Place to Work; and changed its name to Common Ground Health.